Underwater archeology exhibition, Naples

The Archaeological Park of the Phlegraean Fields inaugurated the photo exhibition "The pioneers of underwater archaeology in the Flegrea area and in Sicily" in the museum rooms of the Castello di Baia (open until January 6th, 2020).

The exhibition, set up and curated by Teichosarcheologia, tells the birth of underwater archaeology in Italy, from the 1950s. The years of the first pioneering phases, marked by the great discoveries that gave impetus to scientific research in the field and to the application of the most advanced technologies of the time.

The exhibition itinerary uses video and photographic materials of the era, with multimedia and sensorial installations, accompanying the visitor in an immersive virtual reality, for a unique and evocative experience.

The location, in which the exhibition is housed, the Archaeological Museum of the Phlegraean Fields, located in the Castle of Baia, is not only a suggestive frame but is, itself, an integral and fundamental element of what happened in those years.

The exhibition tells a story made up of archival documents, period photographs and letters from the protagonists of the underwater research, coming from the archives of the Superintendencies of the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, from specialized Institutes, from private archives, from the Superintendencies of Sicilian region. It explores, through the recovered wrecks, relations between people and how the arrival of these people, goods and ideas that have characterized the history of the Mediterranean since ancient times have been the nerve centres of the processes of cultural transformation.

This photographic exhibition in the Castello di Baia represents an ideal background of the exhibition “Thalassa. Wonders of the Seas of Magna Graecia and the Mediterranean “, which will be inaugurated on December 18th at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN), in the Salone della Meridiana. A project promoted by MANN, the Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park, the Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity and by Teichos, thanks to the protocol they have signed to develop, over the next three years, a series of cultural and research activities, disclosure and information.

The late Sebastiano Tusa, Councilor for Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, worked passionately on the project, on the related events and on this same exhibition, realized also thanks to its fundamental indications. This appointment is therefore also a first great tribute and a recognition to the memory of a great archaeologist and above all, a great man.

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